Pet owners tend to fall in love with their furry friends for their playfulness and companionship—rarely do they consider the health benefits pets provide. While a veterinarian can help keep your pet healthy, a pet can help keep you healthy. Here are a few often overlooked health benefits associated with owning a pet:
- Reduce Stress
Pets can provide owners with a level of comfort at highly stressful times. Further, exercise is a wonderful stress reliever, and dogs encourage owners to go on walks, runs, and play games regularly. This not only helps to reduce stress, but it also helps to keep pet owners in shape!
- Increase Immune System
Studies have shown that infants who live in a home with pets are less likely to have pet allergies. They are also less likely to develop the skin condition eczema, which causes dry skin, red patches, and severe itching. Overall, the dirt and dander of pets can actually help children develop stronger immune systems over time.
- Reduce Depression
Pets positively impact owners on a deeply emotional level. By providing companionship, playfulness, and warmth, a pet can elevate the mood of nearly any pet owner in any situation, reducing the likelihood of depression.
- Increase Approachability
Humans by nature are social beings who desire companionship and close relationships. By simply walking your dog, you instantly become more approachable and therefore more likely to form relationships with new people. The more approachable you are, the more friends you will have, and, ultimately, the better your emotional state will be.
Repay your furry friends for all of the good they do by ensuring they’re well taken care of by the trustworthy professionals at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital. Call us today at (917) 675-3708 to learn more about our pet care services.